On Friday 7th June, the Cabinet Office announced that Nick Sturge is to receive an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The citation reads “Director, Engine Shed. For services to the digital economy.”
Commenting on his award, Nick said:
"I am honoured (obviously) to have been recognised for the work I've had privilege of being able to do in the city that I care passionately about, the South West, and the wider UK economy. Only someone with a very vivid imagination could have predicted how the local tech sector has progressed over the last 10 years. The University of Bristol has been very far-sighted in providing freedom to experiment with collaboration, partnerships, and a new model of economic development in Bristol & Bath, and I am proud to have been able to convene such a rich variety of partners to help make our city region a better place. There is so much more to do - to make sure it is a better place for everyone - and I am committed to continuing progressing his through the lens of inclusive economic growth.
He continued: “Engine Shed is more than being about one person or a place. There are many component parts to it – our tenants, the SETsquared incubator, the public and business organisations who are Members of the Lounge, the collaborative projects and array of events we host, are very much part of Engine Shed and our collective impact. This is not only a personal accolade but one for the University of Bristol and the team behind our work."